Holy Father Pope Francis calls Bishop Seitz personally to thank him, show appreciation

On Wednesday, June 3, Bishop Mark Seitz received a personal call from the Holy Father, Pope Francis, thanking Bishop Seitz for his prayerful response to the protests and the injustices of racial prejudices in the United States.

“I expressed to the Holy Father that I felt it was imperative to show our solidarity to those who are suffering,” Bishop Seitz said.

“I also told him how honored I am to serve the people of The Diocese of El Paso and the Borderland,” he added.

On June 1, Bishop Seitz and several Catholic priests from the diocese gathered at El Paso’s Memorial Park, where protesters had been the night before and prayed in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

They knelt in silence, prayer and solidarity in memory of George Floyd.

Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with Bishop Seitz and the faithful of the Borderland.

The Holy Father said that whenever they celebrate Mass — the Pope in Rome and Bishop Seitz and other priests along the border — they are united together in prayer.